The Miami Marlins officially announced 25 signings from the draft class of 2016. In order of selection, the Marlins have secured:
Fourth round: Right fielder Sean Reynolds
Fifth round: RHP Sam Perez
Seventh round: CF Corey Bird
Eighth round: C Aaron Knapp
Ninth round: C Jarett Rindfleisch
10th round: LHP Dylan Lee
11th round: RHP Chad Smith
12th round: RHP Mike King
15th round: SS Ryan Nelson
16th round: RHP Dustin Beggs
17th round: RHP Brent Wheatley
18th round: C David Gauntt
19th round: LHP Shane Sawczak
21st round: SS Luis Pintor
22nd round RHP Alex Mateo
24th round: SS Jordan Gould
25th round: 2b Mike Garzillo
27th round: RHP Parker Bugg
28th round: 1b Colby Lusignan
29th round: OF Walker Olis
32nd round: RHP Chevis Hoover
33rd round: 1b Branden Berry
34th round: LHP Trenton Hill
35th round: 2b Mathew Brooks
37th round: CF Zachary Daly
The Marlins are still in negotiation with their other 14 draft picks:
First round: LHP Braxton Garrett
Third round: OF Thomas Jones
Sixth round: RHP Remey Reed
13th round: RHP Nick Eicholtz
14th round: RHP Michael Mertz
20th round: 1b Eric Gutierrez
23rd round: RHP Hunter Wells
26th round: C Gunner Pollman
30th round: RHP Garrett Suchey
31st round: RHP Preston Guillory
36th round: C Matthew Popowitz
38th round: 3b Dustin Demeter
39th round: LF Caleb Scires
40th round: 2b Evan Douglas
Let's get into today's games.
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
New Orleans Zephyrs (35-36)
The Zephyrs hit four solo home runs to defeat the Omaha Storm Chasers (30-41) by a 4-2 final count. Jorge Bonifacio and Tony Cruz hit consecutive RBI-singles in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead for the home team, a lead that held until the seventh inning as Chasers starter Jonathan Dziedzic held the Zephyrs scoreless on one hit over six innings. He struck out four over that time.
In the top of the seventh, Destin Hood hit a solo shot (11) to get New Orleans within a run, then, after a pitching change to Kevin McCarthy, Isaac Galloway (5) and Carlos Corporan (2) went back to back to give the Zephyrs their first lead of the day. Brady Shoemaker (3) tacked on another shot in the top of the ninth for the last run of the ballgame.
Jose Urena started for New Orleans, giving up two earned runs on three hits and three walks over 2.2 innings. He got 31-of-57 pitches into the strike zone and earned a 40 GameScore. Eric Jokisch (2-1, 4.64) earned the win, going 3.1 innings and allowing two hits and a walk. Raudel Lazo allowed a walk over two innings, and Cody Ege earned his third save of the season, allowing a walk and striking one out in the ninth. Destin Hood was the only New Orleans player to get more than one hit for the game. He finished with two.
New Orleans will try to earn a series victory tomorrow in the third game of the four game series, at 8:05PM.
Southern League (Double-A)
Jacksonville Suns (30-40)
The Suns take another day off before restarting the season on Thursday night, when right-hander Hunter Adkins will take the hill against the Mississippi Braves at 8PM. Adkins is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in 13 games. This will be his third starting appearance of the season.
Florida State League (Single-A Advanced)
Jupiter Hammerheads (31-37)
The Hammerheads came into game three of their three game series after having lost the first two contests to the Bradenton Pirates. It looked headed that way until the ninth inning, when Jupiter authored a come-from-behind, 5-3 victory to save one on the road.
Jupiter entered their half of the ninth trailing by a 3-0 mark, after having been unable to solve starter Jose Regalado (4IP, 3H 0ER, 2BB, 3SO) or reliever Tate Scioneaux (3IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, 1SO). Right hander Henry Hirsch got two quick outs on an Avery Romero comebacker and a Justin Bohn strikeout before second baseman Rehiner Cordova hit a single, center fielder Jeremias Pineda drew a walk, and left fielder Junior Sosa singled to load the bases. designated hitter Dexter Kjerstad hit an RBI single, right fielder John Norwood followed with a two-RBI single, and first baseman Taylor Ard hit a two-RBI double to give the Hammerheads a 5-3 lead. Travis Ballew got his first save of the season after striking out two and allowing two baserunners in a scoreless ninth.
The Mauraders touched starter Michael Mader in the bottom of the sixth, after shortstop Trace Tam Sing drew a walk, second baseman Kevin Kramer took first on an HBP, first baseman Chase Simpson hit an RBI-single, designated hitter Wyatt Mathisen hit an RBI sacrifice fly, and third baseman Connor Joe hit an RBI double to take a 3-0 Bradenton lead. Scott Squier relieved Mader, and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings. James Buckelew (3-1, 2.57) earned the win with a scoreless eighth,.
John Norwood hit two singles and a double, scoring a run and collecting two RBI, Rehiner Cordova got two singles, and Junior Sosa also had two singles. Norwood also threw a runner out at home, and Jeremias Pineda threw a runner out at first.
The Hammerheads open a three-game home series against the Fort Myers Miracle tomorrow night at 6:30PM.
South Atlantic League (Single-A)
Greensboro Grasshoppers (38-32)
The Grasshoppers continue to enjoy their down-time, and prepare for a four-game home series against the Hickory Crawdads, starting tomorrow night at 7PM.
New York-Penn League (Class-A Short Season)
Batavia Muckdogs (0-6)
Miami's 18th round pick this season was catcher David Gauntt, and today, he became the first of the 39 2016 draft picks to appear at any level for the Marlins.
The State College Spikes got their first three batters on base, scoring a run to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Jhonny Santos hit an RBI-groundout to tie it up, but that was the last time the Muckdogs scored. The Spikes scored four in the fourth, two in the fifth and sixth, one in the seventh and one more in the ninth to earn an 11-1 victory against Batavia.
Batavia pitching gave up a total of 17 hits, and all 11 runs were earned. Reilly Hovis allowed five on six hits and two walks over the first 3.2 innings, striking out four. Connor Bach gave up four earned runs in 2.1 innings on five hits and two walks, then Ty Provencher allowed an earned run in two innings on four hits. Marcus Crescentini pitched the ninth and gave up another run, on two hits. The Muckdogs only totaled four hits, one each by center fielder Isaiah White, right fielder Jhonny Santos, left fielder Kris Goodman, and second baseman Rony Cabrera.
To make room for Gauntt, the Muckdogs placed catcher Blake Anderson on the seven-day DL. They also added RHP Jordan Holloway to the roster.
Tomorrow night at 7:05 PM
Dominican Summer League (Rookie)
DSL Marlins (3-12)
The Baby Fish broke a 12-game losing streak by defeating the DSL Phillies, 6-3 in DSL Northwest action on Wednesday morning. The turning point came in the Marlins half of the seventh, trailing 3-2. Designated hitter David Sacaria singled to left, third baseman Ezequiel Alfonzo singled to center, and left fielder Jose Vilera singled to center to load the bases. The Phillies manager lifted pitcher Manuel Silva for Robinson Martinez, but it didn't stop the bleeding. Center fielder Wiklerman Rasquin hit a two-RBI double to help the Marlins take the lead, 4-3, then shortstop Felix Arosemena hit an RBI-single to make it 5-3. In the eighth, first baseman Jhon Garcia singled and scored on three Anderson Castro wild pitches to make it 6-3, Marlins.
The Phillies opened the scoring in the third inning on a Jonathan Guzman single, but the Marlins scored two in the bottom of the frame, on a Jhon Garcia two-RBI single to take the lead. The Phillies tied it in the fifth on an Elkin Alcala wild pitch and took the lead on a Alexito Feliz RBI-single.
Alcala earned a no-decision, starting and pitching five innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits. He didn't issue any walks and struck out four, earning a GameScore of 60. Jonaiker Villalobos earned the win, striking out three and allowing a single earned run on four hits and a walk over 3.2 innings, and George Soriano earned the save by getting the final out. Offensively, David Sacaria, Jhon Garcia, Felix Arosemena, and Wiklerman Rasquin each hit safely twice.
The Marlins will get back at it tomorrow when they host the 8-6 DSL Royals at 10:30AM.